We've heard about the good... but what about the bad?
The ‘amazing benefits’ of not shampooing your hair are well documented. Bloggers, models, actresses and journalists have all sworn about the advantages of ditching the ‘pooh. But, what about the disadvantages? Surely there’s good reason for suds? Otherwise, why would it have been created in the first place? Turns out, not washing your hair can have a detriment effect. In fact, it can have about 7 detriment effects. Here’s why:
1. Ingrowns can pop up
You know how you can get ingrowns on your legs and bikini line? You can get ingrowns on your scalp too thanks to a build up of oil and product. The longer you go in between washes, the more build up you get, which can clog your pores and lead to ingrowns.
2. You might become a dust magnet
A build up of oil is the best way to attract all sorts of particles. You might think you have a case of dandruff, but in all likelihood, what you think is a dry scalp will probably be specks of dust.
3. You’ll probably collect a lot of scents
And they won’t all be nice. In the same way that oily hair attracts dust, it also holds onto fragrances for a lot longer too. Now, this is great if you douse yourself in Chanel No. 5 daily, but if you’re anything like us and spend a lot of time walking around the city, you’re no doubt picking up aromas that aren’t quite so pleasant. Hair is a non-living fiber, which means what it attracts stays there in between washes.
4. Your hair can fall out
Just as a build up of product can cause ingrowns, it can also clog your follicles. Not only that, the weight of product build up can also promote hair loss. What’s more, massaging your head as you shampoo promotes hair growth by stimulating your scalp and encouraging blood circulation. So, if you’re skipping that step on the regular, you’re not doing yourself any favours. Plus, the best shampoo for hair loss is readily available just about everywhere – so no excuses.
5. It makes your hair look thinner
6. It will lack shine and look dull
You know how we’ve been banging on about unwashed hair attracting particles, well, these particles have the ability to take away any natural shine your hair may have. Dirty hair also tends to be dryer, so it doesn’t reflect the light as much.
7. Unwashed hair smells. Fact
Just like the skin on your body, your scalp has oil and sweat glands. This leads to naturally-occuring bacteria, which creates an odour. Sure, a spritz of hair perfume might help you, but there’s only so long you can mask that smell.